The hometown nine and their depleted pitching staff continue to fight for their playoff lives as a pair of ancient wonders open up a three-game series in New York. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET.
Series pitching preview: Tonight: Jamie Moyer (13-11, 5.23) vs. Tom Glavine (13-6, 3.95); Saturday: Kyle Lohse (8-12, 4.47) vs. Pedro Martinez (2-0, 1.80); Sunday: Adam Eaton (9-9, 6.31) vs. Oliver Perez (14-9, 3.42).
Preview: The Phillies enter 1 1-2 games back of the Wild-Card leading Padres and trail the Mets by 6 1-2 in the division. Since sweeping the Mets Aug. 30, the Phils have gone 6-7 and lost 4 1-2 games on the division leaders, who’ve gone 10-2 in that span. Since I’ve been out of the loop for most of those games, I refer you to The Good Phight, which offers a handy preview of the weekend series. TGP scribe, dajafi, notes that the high-leverage relievers, Tom Gordon, Brett Myers and J.C. Romero, are relatively well-rested, and that it was the Phils’ bullpen that shined in the four-game sweep. He also makes a valid point that the Phillies have much more at stake than the Mets, however the pitching match-ups probably favor the home blue. Most are expecting one-out-of-three. I do not like Moyer's chances tonight.
Last night: The Phillies beat the Rockies 12-4 to split the 4-game series and finish 4-3 on their homestand. Starter J.D. Durbin lasted just 1.0 innings allowing 3 runs and 8 baserunners. Geoff Geary (W, 3.0 IP), Clay Condrey (1.0 IP), Kane Davis (1.0 IP), Antonio Alfonseca (1.0 IP), J.C. Romero (1.1 IP) and Jose Mesa (1.0 IP) combined to allow 1 run over the final 8.0 innings. Aflonseca was suspended four games for throwing at the head of Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.
Pat Burrell in New York: Pat Burrell has 41 career homers against the Mets, which is the most among all active players. All-time, he has 5th-most, trailing Hall of Famer Hank Aaron by four (45). Burrell also has 102 career RBI against the Mets, which is 2nd among all active players (18th all time), trailing only Chipper Jones (118), who has played 46 more career games against New York.
Lineups have been posted: Jeff Conine starts at first for the Mets, with Lastings Milledge in right. Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth and Abraham Nunez get nods for the Phillies. [Live Boxscore]